The Porsche factory in Leipzig is now a major centre for electromobility

At the beginning of July 2018, the Supervisory Board of Porsche AG took the decision to produce the next generation of Macan at the Leipzig site, earmarking investment totalling more than 600 million euros over the next few years in order to extend the site.

In addition to expanding capacity, the factory extension will make it possible, in future, for electric cars to be produced on the existing assembly line. The first model to roll off the line in Leipzig is scheduled to be the Macan, with fully electric drive based on Premium Platform Electric (PPE architecture).

“The decision to produce the next generation of the Macan in Leipzig represents a huge vote of confidence in the employees there” Gerd Rupp, Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche Leipzig GmbH

The foundation stone for the new body shop was laid in an official ceremony in March 2019. Axle pre-assembly will also be integrated during the course of the extension; this is expected to create more than 100 highly skilled jobs.

“The decision to produce the next generation of the Macan in Leipzig represents a huge vote of confidence in the employees there, and the factory extension also means Porsche will have a pivotal role in shaping electromobility in Saxony. It all means that Porsche will remain a forward-looking economic powerhouse in the region,” notes Gerd Rupp, Chairman of the Executive Board of Porsche Leipzig GmbH.

This is the fifth extension of the former assembly plant, which in 2014 had a body shop and paint shop added and thereby becoming a plant for full production of the first generation of Macan. The extension follows on from two expansion phases: back in 2004, Porsche added a separate manufacturing area for Carrera assembly, two years after production started. This was followed in 2009 by construction of a production hall and logistics centre for the first generation of the Panamera. From 2016, the fourth expansion phase came with the decision to move all production for the next Panamera generation to Leipzig, as well as the creation of an additional body shop and a quality centre at the site in Saxony.

Around 4,300 employees currently work at Porsche Leipzig

A total of around 500 Macan compact SUV vehicles and Panamera sports car saloons are currently produced at the Leipzig factory every day. 1,270 Carrera GT cars were also built here as a limited edition between 2003 and 2006. The first model off the Leipzig line was the Porsche Cayenne, with a total of 738,503 units produced between 2002 and 2017.

Around 4,300 employees currently work at Porsche Leipzig. Since 2003, Porsche has trained automotive mechatronics engineers, industrial mechanics as well as mechatronics engineers and tool mechanics in collaboration with Porsche Werkzeugbau GmbH in Schwarzenberg. Porsche Leipzig also offers dual studies in mechanical engineering/production engineering in the context of a collaboration with the Baden-Württemberg Cooperative State University (DHBW), and every year, 30 young people successfully complete their training or dual studies at Porsche in Leipzig. 2017 saw the construction of a new training facility on the factory premises in Leipzig. Porsche offers all trainees a guaranteed job at the factory after successful completion of their studies.

Milestones in the factory’s history

2000

Ground-breaking ceremony and first staff appointed

2001

Customer centre topping-out ceremony

2002

Opening of the Porsche Leipzig factory and start of Cayenne production

2003

Start of Carrera GT production

2004

First factory extension

2005

Production of the 100,000th Cayenne

2006

Factory extension for Panamera production

2008

500th employee appointed

2009

Start of Panamera production

2010

Start of second-generation Cayenne production

2011

Factory extension for Macan production

2012

Production of the 500,000th Porsche in Leipzig

2013

Start of Macan production

2014

Factory extension for second-generation Cayenne production

2015

Extended circuit opened

2016

Start of full, second-generation Cayenne production

2017

New training centre opened

2018

Macan model update

2019

Start of the fifth factory extension

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